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3 Heol Pen'Rallt
Machynlleth, SY20 8AG

(01654) 700559

We're an independent gallery bookshop based in Machynlleth, mid Wales. It's our blend of bookshop, selling a carefully selected collection of reads and pick-up-and-flick-through books – and gallery space to inspire you while you're browsing. We host events too, book readings, author talks, photography and art openings. 

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In addition to showcasing the work of local and national photographers, we run writing workshops and we hold regular sociable book related events, inviting authors to read and talk about their work at our popular 'First Thursdays'. We mark important points in the calendar - World Book Day, International Women's Day, Machynlleth's El Sueño Existe and Comedy Festivals, literary anniversaries and, in 2016 we launched our successful Pythefnos O Farddoniaeth, Pop-Up Poetry Fortnight.

MAKE POETRY ABOUT TIME WITH Carol Leach - Saturday 7 October 2017    10.30 - 12noon

Want to write a poem
but stuck for ideas?
Drawn to photos and the stories they tell?
Come and join us
in a fun creative workshop and turn photographic images into your own words, inspired by our latest gallery exhibition

Building on last year’s popular workshops (‘Making Poetry from the Wear and Tear’), this marks a new series with Carol on ‘Making Poetry from Art’ in Machynlleth’s creative spaces.
Limited places, book in advance to avoid being disappointed.
A free event
suggested donations £3
includes refreshments

Past Event - SEEING PHOTOGRAPHICALLY - with Paul Hill and Maria Falconer - weekend workshop - Machynlleth - 2017

How we translate the three-dimensional world into an interesting two-dimensional picture is often referred to as the art of photography. It is called seeing photographically or camera vision. To orchestrate all those complex elements in front of the camera into an arresting and personally relevant image can be a problem, even for the experienced practitioner.

Over the course of this weekend Paul Hill MBE and Maria Falconer FRPS will guide you through a series of photographic exercises designed to improve your photographic vision and technique. And their quick feedback approach will help you learn directly from the pictures that you make as the weekend progresses.

Our aim is to inspire you, challenge you, get your creative juices flowing and stimulate new ideas.

An evening with Gillian Clarke - Wales' best loved poet introduces and reads from her latest collection Zoology, published by Carcanet, at this mid-Wales launch. This evening, held in the comfortable Foyer cafe at MoMA, Machynlleth, is organised by Pen'rallt Gallery Bookshop.   Friday 13 October 2017,  7.30pm  - Tickets: £6, available from the bookshop, include a post-poetry glass of wine or juice. Book early, whilst the venue is more spacious there will still be a limited number of seats.

An evening with Internationally acclaimed poet, Menna Elfyn with poet and translator, Elin Ap Hywel. The mid-Wales launch of the eagerly awaited Bondo, published by Bloodaxe. This bi-lingual evening provides an unusual insight into that working relationship of poet and translator, within the intimate space of Pen'rallt Bookshop, so please book in advance as space is limited.

We are grateful to Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru / Welsh Books Council for their financial support for these outreach events.


Saturday 11 March, MOMA MACHYNLLETH
The day of talks, film, discussion and homage to British landscape photographer, walker and campaigner, Fay Godwin (1931 – 2005) included Don't Fence Me In* – an exclusive film preview and, in person a panel of photographers: Peter Cattrell, Pete Davis, Marian Delyth (chair); Professor Paul Hill; Film-makers: Charles Mapleston & Libby Horner (Malachite Films); Fay Godwin biographer & archivist: Dr Geraldine Alexander; writer Mike Parker; and many friends, associates and enthusiasts who gathered together in appreciation of Fay Godwin and her work.

It made my input a real pleasure with your enthusiasm and sincere admiration for Fay’s work. I was very pleased to have delivered the opening paper, and I too received some lovely comments from people, which makes it all worthwhile.
— Dr Geraldine Alexander - Fay Godwin biographer and archivist

Saturday 18 February - Saturday 1 April 2017 - FREE - AT MOMA MACHYNLLETH
Fay Godwin's, 'The Drovers' Roads of Wales', with Shirley Toulson was published in 1977, early on in a career that spanned 30 years of unmatched photographic book production and exhibiting. Diane and Geoff have made a selection of vintage photographs, from those made by Fay Godwin, for the classic book, The Drovers' Roads of Wales (1977). These have been loaned from the National Library of Wales who purchased the set in 1987. It is 40 years since that original exhibition at the Anthony Stokes Gallery, London and Oriel Bookshop, Cardiff that later toured by The Photographers' Gallery, London. These are in the Pulpit Room gallery at MOMA MACHYNLLETH.

AND OTHER PHOTOGRAPHS charts Fay Godwin's landscape work immediately preceding The Drovers Roads and over the ensuing 30 years. We invited major figures in British landscape photography, Fay Godwin's son, Nick Godwin, associates of Fay Godwin, writers and art historians who remember her and her work, to each select an image and write an accompanying extended caption. New gelatine-silver, selenium toned prints of this selection have been made especially for this exhibition by her one-time printer Peter Cattrell using the original negatives, released for the purpose by the British Library.

FAY GODWIN . . . AND OTHER PHOTOGRAPHS - Geoff and Diane are planning a re-titled touring exhibition of this part of the project. The prints in the show represent some of what have become Fay Godwin's iconic landscape photographs as well as images rarely exhibited. All are contextualised by the extended captions written by the selectors. Together they provide an unusual, refreshing and very personal appraisal of a life-time's work. Do get in touch if you would like to know more and/or have suggestions for small public or private galleries, educational and other institutions who we might contact as we plan the tour during the coming three years. A showing of Malachite Films 'Don't Fence Me In' could also be included.

In addition to showcasing the work of local and national photographers, we run writing workshops (see below) and we hold regular sociable book related events, inviting authors to read and talk about their work at our popular 'First Thursdays'. We mark important points in the calendar - World Book Day, International Women's Day, Machynlleth's El Sueño Existe and Comedy Festivals, literary anniversaries and, in 2016 we launched our successful Pythefnos O Farddoniaeth Pop-Up Poetry Fortnight.

are programmed twice a year - please get in touch to find out more about the next set of workshops
If you write, or would like to write, from life - memoir, biography, travel writing, nature writing, family history - come along to our monthly guided writing workshops in Pen'rallt Gallery Bookshop. (Bydd y sesiynau yn cael eu cynnal yn Saesneg, ond gobeithio y gall y cynghorion, technegau, ymarferion a syniadau gael eu cymhwyso i ysgrifennu mewn unrhyw iaith.)

  • Your tutor will offer tips, techniques and writing exercises.

  • Pen'rallt Gallery Bookshop will offer tea, biscuits and an inspiring environment.

  • Your fellow scribes will provide company, encouragement and new ideas.

  • Four monthly workshops on Tuesdays: 7 March, 4 April, 2 May & 6 June 2017

£10 per session (£36 for all four paid in advance).

Your tutor: Helen Pendry has taught writing in Higher Education for many years and has also worked as an associate editor. With the support of a Literature Wales bursary, she is currently working on a novel which combines historical biography and fiction.

N.B. The workshops are suitable for those who have attended the Life Writing 1 and 2 courses, as well as those who are new to life writing.

We are important and our lives are important, magnificent really, and their details are worthy to be recorded. This is how writers must think, this is how we must sit down with pen in hand. We were here; we are human beings; this is how we lived. Let it be known, the earth passed before us.
— Natalie Goldberg, author of 'Writing Down the Bones'

Other upcoming EVENTS



Besides the exhibition openings and gallery talks, we host monthly readings and discussions on the First Thursday of each month.  Entry is free, with homemade cake, cheese scones and hot drinks provided. They are always well supported, so try to book early.

First Thursdays are popular not only with our customers but with the authors too, who find the intimate atmosphere and knowledgeable and enthusiastic audiences very much to their liking. These are sociable events, where people have the opportunity to meet others with similar interests. Some of the readings are in Welsh, some bi-lingual and some in English.

During the annual Mach Comedy Festival on May Day bank holiday weekend, we have a Lazy Sunday Morning event, with one of the performers from the festival who loves books.  So far, this has included Josie Long, Rob Newman and Nat Luurtsema, Bridget Christie. These again are free, and usually packed! The Comedy Festival is great for Machynlleth – it's really well organised and at least doubles the population of the town. To find out more.

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Workshops happen throughout the year. Later in May 2017 a series of active writing and reading workshops are being planned. See the calendar for current information which will be updated soon.


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